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, michelle obama scheduled to take the stage to talk up her husband. but there is one thing you should absolutely not expect to hear her say. and how her speech could compare with that of ann romney at the rnc. but first from fox's tuesday night live from charlotte, the democratic national convention is now officially underway. and how is this for timing? today the national debt clock topped $16 trillion for the first time in u.s. history. we'll have more on that a little later with gather are you willis. we'll three hours away from the headliners, including the first lady, michelle obama. she checked out the stage yesterday. president obama says he can not compete with the first lady, calling her the star of the obama family. >> i'm going to be at home and i'm going to be watching her with our girls and i am going to try not to let them see their daddy cry. because when michelle starts talking i start getting all misty. >> shep: tonight's other big speech, the keynote address from none other than julian castro, the mayor of san antonio, texas. he is but 37 years old and the first lati
convention with an impassioned from first lady michelle obama. what she had to say to voters in to get her husband reelected. >> hard knocks for former dolphins player chad johnson. he might need to call a tattoo removal company. "good morning washington at 5:00 a.m. begins now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> good morning, washington. it's wednesday, september 5. glad you are with us. i am steve chenevey. >> i am cynne simpson. good morning. let's get to adam caskey for the forecast. >> and point to be a warm day the high temperatures in upper 86 and you will notice the humidity. just like the past several days. at the doppler radar. we have areas of light rain off in the potomac highlands and parts of west virginia. closer to the shenandoah valley. we are drive for the most part this morning. cloudy today. more showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, of a few downpours. 89 today for the high temperature. now to steve. the 14th street bridge is starting off well from arlington into the district. springfield looks ok all town. andto the southeast so
'll say. and michelle obama, the speech, was she taking aim. and what's happening now with that dress. >>> and tonight abc's weather editor sam champion with more extreme weather on the way. >>> the moments after strapping a bomb on to help her. >>> and the price is right. if you've ever bought something on line, the new report says if you wait just one minute before you place the order, you could save up to $100. >>> and good evening, from charlotte tonight. a big night ahead at the democratic national convention. and we should note that diane has just arrived back from mississippi. she was there today with our friend robin roberts for robin's mother's funeral. all of our hearts in mississippi we do begin with the major headlines in charlotte tonight. in fact, look at this, the stage where president obama was to give his big speech outdoors tomorrow night, being taken apart tonight. the speech is now being moved here to a smaller arena indoors, the campaign says the possibility of storms and lightning forcing the move. the romney camp jumping in on their own take on that. president o
reception. michelle obama asked america to vote for the man she loves. >> the first lady stepped into the spotlight in charlotte giving her pitch for the president's second term. it is wednesday, september 5th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good wednesday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm paula faris. michelle obama's passionate speech got cheers and some tears from the democratic delegates. we'll take you live to charlotte in a moment. you are also going to see how the rich and powerful are enjoying plenty of perks at the dnc. abc's brian ross and he did it as well at the rnc. >>> in this half-hour on the front lines of a dangerous california fire fight. why the battle in the steep rugged ter rain outside l.a. is far fr over. >> something gross in the gulf coast hurricane zone, thousand and thousand ofwamp rats. adding insult to injury after isaac. good thing you can't smell them on tv. something that you experience wh you are down there. >> swamp rat, so we are clear is not the official term, nutria, huge, beaver-like creatures they're mass
! [ giggles ] ♪ the one and only, cheerios national convention. first lady michelle obama told the nation a perm story of family and -- personal story and one of her husband's dedication. it was the dnc's opening night and mark matthews has the story now from the convention arena in charlotte, north carolina. >> in her speech tonight, michelle obama had the opportunity to define the president in her own terms. >> he was still the guy who picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out i could actually see the pavement going by in a hole in the passenger side door. >> she said before the decision about running for the white house she was worried it would change them. >> i had seen firsthand that being president doesn't change who you are. no, it reveals who you are. >> michelle obama said her husband refused to listen to those who told them to leave health carrie form to somebody else. >> he did it because he believes that here in america our grandparents should be able to afford their medicine. our kids should be able to see a doctor when they are sick. he believes that women a
, barack obama! thank you! god bless you. god bless america! >> first lady michelle obama. savannah and i have relocated to the floor. savannah, that was personal, that was emotional, this crowd was silent. they love her. one of the political writers today said her job was to make the country fall in love with her husband all over again. >> telling this deeply personal story about how much she loves her husband she is trying to remind voters why they like her husband. in 2008, nicknamed her the closer. when she went to the stop, she would close the sale. here tonight she has a task as the opener. >> we have heard from the first lady here tonight. you will hear from savannah tomorrow morning on "today." and we hope you will join us tomorrow evening on "nbc nightly news." another day here at the democratic convention in charlotte. those of you in the east and midwest, your late local news begins now. we hope to see you back here tomorrow. for savannah guthrie, our team, i'm brian williams, nbc news. leading news station this is news 4 at 11:00. >>> an olympic figure skater thrown in jail on
-- here is a picture of the president and his daughters watching michelle obama from the white house last night. you can see the tweet that his campaign sent out last night. next call comes from michigan, independent line. caller: i think they should be the first ladies, supportive from the outside. i really don't feel that this buildup is necessary. just bring out the president and let him give his pitch and let's get on with the show. some of the stuff that she said makes no sense to me. with all the dinners and he is a way so much, i would have liked to of heard from melia and sasha and their impressions of their dead. how their time in washington has been as compared to chicago and how they are getting along in school and if they're looking forward to a second term. she looked very pretty and she is made up and she is dressed but do we need this? host: on your screen is a live picture of the inside of the time warner cable arena in charlotte at the democratic national convention and it convenes again tonight at 5:00 p.m. bill clinton will be the closer tonight to deliver the nominati
with republicans. but tonight, first lady michelle obama will try to get her party back on message after they bungled a very simple question. susan mcginnis is at the convention center this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, good morning, terrell. yeah, michelle obama was here yesterday doing an informal rehearsal, a warm-up for tonight, when she will address millions of americans, and democrats hope, help convince them that they are better off than four years ago. the stage has been built, the party platform released, and democrats are ready to kick off their 2012 convention. >> this has been such a historic time, i couldn't imagine not coming. >> reporter: but as the festivities begin, republicans won't let go of the question, are americans better off than they were four years ago? >> the president can say a lot of things, and he will, but he can't tell you that you're better off. >> reporter: the obama team opened the door to the attacks when some, including maryland governor martin o'malley, had trouble answering the question. >> can you honestly say that people ar
. and we are here. >>> tonight secret weapon first lady michelle obama. we'll tell what you we learned about her very big speech. >>> and the president sets up a giant debate after he grades himself on his handling of the economy. what did he say? >>> end in sight, amid record-breaking prices at the pump. we have news of when gas prices will go down and how much. >>> silent heart attacks. millions of americans having heart attacks and they don't know it. tonight, the symptoms how to tell if you've had one and how to prevent more. >>> and when harry met alex. prince harry wears off after his racy photos with a cheeky 6-year-old. >> glad you got your clothes on, prince harry. >> how the prince tackled his tiny subject. >>> good evening from charlotte, north carolina. and this week, the democratic national convention, and as we come on the air tonight, not long from now on that stage. the first lady michelle obama will enter the arena to give a speech to millions of americans about her husband and the pressure is on. because a brand-new abc news/"washington post" poll shows the president
't true. >> we will get to paul ryan's at 8:00 a.m. this morning. >>> brew on this michelle obama wants america to give their house another four years to implement the change he promised back in 2008. we want to know do you want another 40 years. >> send us your comments you can tweet them to us at fox friends first or e-mail us at foxfriendsfirst@foxnews.com. >>> the top five stories making news at this hour. president obama not able to give himself an actual grade for his presidency. >> the party says you inherited a bad situation. you have had 3 and a half years to fix it. what grade would you give yourself? >> we are seeing this in the united states but around the world. europe is going through a difficult time parts of asia and china are going through a difficult time right now. >>> mitt romney's campaign quick to respond. >> i used to teach. the students who came in are the ones that knew they hadn't done anything. the ones that failed in their responsibility in that respect the president is right he gets an incomplete because he's a failure. >>> president obama blaming president
, bill clinton. center stage, what we've learned about what he'll say. and michelle obama, the speech, was she taking aim. and tonight, what's happening now with that dress. >>> touchdown, tornadoes striking in an unlikely place. and tonight, abc's weatheret tour sam champion with more extreme weather on the way. >>> the moments after strapping police unstrap the bomb to help her. robbers forced her to make the heist. >>> and the price is right. if you've ever bought something on line, the new report says if you wait just one minute before you place the order, you could save up to $100. >>> and good evening, from charlotte tonight. a big night ahead here at the democratic national convention. and we should note that diane has just arrived back from mississippi. she was there today with our friend robin roberts for robin's mother's funeral. all of our hearts in mississippi today. diane will be here a little later in the broadcast. but we do begin tonight with the major headlines right here in charlotte tonight. where today we learned a sudden change of plans. in fact, look at this, the
, especially in the fast track planes. >> first lady michelle obama has an urgent task at the convention, persuade voters to give him more time to finish the job. >> they want to make sure he stays there. >> the big theme is are we better off for the democrats >> it certainly is and it is every four years. this is where it is all happening starting today at the national convention. the energy is increasing and it will continue to happen through the evening with michelle obama taking the spotlight. the stage has been built and the party platform released in democrats are ready to kick off their 2012 convention >> this has been such an historic time that i could not imagine coming >> republicans will not let go of the question, are americans better off than they were four years ago? >> on want to ask the people struggling to find work if they're better off >> 52% of likely voters say the country is worse off than it was four years ago and 54 percent say the president does not deserve to be reelected based solely on his performance. vice-president joe biden is leading the charge to convince
of obama's little sister. i am michelle obama's older brother. any 7-footers out there come give me a call. >> craig and i come from different states. we have had different upbringings. as you can see, we have different perspectives on the world. >> but no matter how different winning seem, we share a set of values are -- how different we may seem, we share is set of values, values that are as important in chicago as they are in honolulu. a willingness to work hard, a commitment to education, and looking out for each other. they are the values of how barack and michele have lived their lives, raise their nieces, and lead this country as president and first lady of the united states. [applause] >> four years ago, at this convention, i spoke with you all about how barack and i did not grow up with much in the wake of wealth. but we were blessed with a mother who taught us that education is the surest path from limited means to limitless opportunity. she inspired me to become a teacher and she inspired barack's deep commitment to giving all our young people the opportunity is our education ga
was the one. michelle obama was the one. barack obama just didn't have the oomph he had before. >> it is hard to recreate the star circumstance. >> you can't. >> belva: after four years hearing this president on the air repeatedly delivering almost the same message. americans get bored after ten seconds. >> quite frankly, we're still stuck in the recession. the jobs numbers came out. we are not putting enough folks back to work. that is what he promised four years ago. >> belva: were they good or were they bad? >> they were disappointing. >> they were bad. they were bad. >> belva: what is bad to the three of you? >> the wrong numbers are 8.1% unemployment which is down from what it was. people are looking for work. 96,000 jobs were created. >> it is it is expectation. you expected things to improve after july. >> belva: california numbers are looking up. this is incremental journey. >> california is third highest unemployment in the nation. here's the thing, we are in a recovery, but we're not getting the benefits of the recovery. we know a lot of companies are sitting on the capital. they a
at the time, to demonize michelle obama. she even said she felt there was an attempt to make her this angry black woman. that does not exist any more. that character has been beat back. but here you have a person, an individual woman, who there's a lot resting on her shoulders today to talk about the values that women can find relatable, including the economy. not just certainly about women's health issues and healthcare, it is about the economy and how it impacted women. >> yes. she worked very hard over the last four years since the middle of the last campaign it figure out what they're public profile should be. how she can conduct herself in way the whole country can relate to and not to get into things that could be misinterpreted. her role tonight is easier. she has already defined it. and she's got to be talking about her husband as a person and telling their story. she is not going to be wading into some of the partisan fight as we have been discussing. she is really going to be talking about her husband and she's been doing that on the campaign trail as first lady for quite sometime
on the humanitarian situation. >> michelle obama drums up support at the democratic national convention. >> and a strike by list on the cabin crew grounds thousands of passengers at three major german airports. >> the president of the international red cross has launched a mission to syria to seek greater protection for civilians. rubble-held areas are reported to be facing severe food shortages and a number of refugees fleeing the company's is mounting. >> they met with president assad in damascus to seek an end to the situation in the war torn country. >> they met for 45 minutes. he left damascus -- left damascus with a promise of the red cross could operate in damascus as long as the state impartial. >> the meeting in touched on issues related to the protection of the civilian population. during the conduct of hostility, the necessity for immediate access to health care services, to food and other basic necessities that have increased due to the continuing fighting. >> the lack of such necessities and the fear of violence are forcing people to flee in their thousands. this amateur fo
>>> the first lady front and center. michelle obama ready to seize the spotlight on night one of the democratic convention. >>> everything people own, look at that, left in heaps on the curb. exposing the true extent of damage from hurricane isaac. good morning to you. welcome to "early start". i'm zoraida sambolin in new york. >> and i'm john berman in charlotte, north carolina live at the cnn grill. the convention gavels to order in the afternoon. then the party will spend the next three days trying to sell the message that we are, in fact, better off now than we were four years ago. they have had trouble with that one so far. they suggest they would have a better plan for the future. tonight's main attraction, first lady michelle obama and castro. cnn's dana bash joins me now. dana, you have inside information for the obama contain and what the goals are for these three days. >> first of all, they say they want to chrrystallize the visio. when you look at the economy between barack obama and mitt romney. and they're also going to talk about building a middleclass from the m
meant? >> after, i think everybody i think michelle obama knocked it out of the park i think for many different reasons. for the crowd, enthusiasm. many people look at her, wow, she could be a national candidate on the scene. for me, watching her, her speaking ability and the ability to generate that has grown dramatically in four years. >> what you heard from the romney campaign, it got much attention today. >> as the president said of mitt romney's speech that kind of tribute to success is to say i didn't watch it. no, this convention has run very smoothly, they've presented in front of america's most gorgeous families in all its rounds appearance, at home, in the white house and out around the country. that's what they set out to do. they did it with all the skill of hollywood. and that's not a criticism. they're supposed to do it that way. >> well, look, there's no question, she got the delegates on their feet. today, i saw more buttons with michelle obama's face than i thought the president's. is she real inspired people. i had people texting and tweeting all around the country,
officially begins in charlotte tonight where first lady michelle obama will take the stage and try to convince undecided voters that her husband deserves a second term. nbc's tracy potts joins us live there. she has the details from charlotte. tracie, good morning. >> hi, lynn. behind the stage where it all gets started tonight, the stage where we'll see michelle obama, but not where we'll see the president. he'll be a few blocks away at the bank of america before he arrives to make his case here in charlotte. last night president obama told hurricane victims -- >> nobody's a democrat or republican. we're all just americans. >> but not in charlotte this week. heal accept the democratic nomination on thursday i'll offer you what i believe is a better passport. >> tonight we hear from michelle obama. she checked out the stage monday. >> she's going talk about the president she knows, the husband she married, and, of course, the father to her children. >> maryland's govern and san antonio's mayor julian castro also speak tonight. castro is the first latino to give a keynote address, t
years ago. also speaking tonight, first lady michelle obama. her job, reach out to women voters of both parties. cnn's edlavendera has a closer look. but, first, dana bash, what are the main priorities that democrats will be pushing tonight? >> reporter: well, democratic officials say the main priority is to remind people that this just isn't just about whether or not they should fire or hire again president obama. it's that it's going to be a choice. and this is really if you talk to any strategist of any party kind of the way you run an incumbent's re-election campaign. that it is a choice between the president and mitt romney. so they'll try to what they say is crystallize that choice between the two men. and they're also going to try to emphasize the fact that as president obama has been doing for months that they believe that the democratic party is the party for the middle class. and also talk about, they say, the accomplishments that they feel that the president hasn't gotten enough credit for, bailing out the auto industry. they believe the health care bill. they'll talk about t
to be done. >> tonight we heard from the star of the obama family. first lady michelle obama. this hour we will be showing you the big moments, the first speeches and we begin with the first lady. take a look. serving as your first lady is an honor and a privilege. but back when we first came together four years ago, i still had concerns about this journey we'd begun. while i believed deeply in my husband's vision for this country and i was certain he would make an extraordinary president, like any mother, i was worried about what it would mean for our girls if he got that chance. how would we keep them grounded under the glare of the national spotlight. how would they feel being uprooted from their school, their friends and the only home they had ever known. our life before moving to washington was filled with simple joys. saturdays at soccer games, sundays at grand's house and a date night was either dinner or a movie because as an exhausted mom, i couldn't stay awake for both. and the truth is, i loved the life we had built for our girls. and i deeply love the man i had built that life
michelle obama of course, and a great keynote speech from julian castro. we'll give you our unique take on it, and you'll be able to participate by way of social media. give us run down on how that works. >> cenk: i will. as you saw in the republican convention because i'm positive you all were watching, we have a twitter feed that goes up on the screen, and we have a whole range of different publics that we look in on, mainstream media pundits, conservatives liberals comedians and they're oftentimes incredibly funny including, when everyone is talking about invisible obama. at the end of the republican national convention, i'll have a fact on that that you'll love, and of course president obama as well here tweeting. in fact, the biggest tweet of the republican national convention was ironically from president obama. it was about invisible obama. we'll get to that in a bit. we'll go to l.a. to check in on social media. we'll go to convention live to check in. michael shure and david shuster and we'll go to some of the speeches that the vice president mentioned and cal penn will be chec
into nomination. first lady michelle obama helped define the president in her own terms. mark matthews has more from the convention. >>> he was still the guy who picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, i could actually see the pavement going by in a hole in the passenger side door. >> reporter: she said before the decision about running for the white house she was worried it would change them. >> i have seen firsthand, that being president doesn't change who you are, no, it reveals who you are. [ applause ] >> reporter: michelle obama said her husband refused to listen to those who told him to leave health care reform to somebody else. >> he did it because he believes that here in america, our grandparents should be able to afford medicine, kids should be able to see a doctor when they are sick. he believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care. that's what my husband stands for. [ cheering and applause ] >> reporter: in an obvious reference to the republican opponents. >> for barack, success isn't about how much mone
america! >> first lady michelle obama. savannah and i have relocated to the floor. savannah, that was personal, that was emotional, this crowd was silent. they love her. one of the political writers today said her job was to make the country fall in love with her husband all over again. >> telling this deeply personal story about how much she loves her husband she is trying to remind voters why they like her husband. in 2008, nicknamed her the closer. when she went to the stop, she would close the sale. here tonight she has a task as the opener. >> we have heard from the first lady here tonight. you will hear from savannah tomorrow morning on "today." and we hope you will join us tomorrow evening on "nbc nightly news." another day here at the democratic convention in charlotte. those of you in the east and midwest, your late local news begins now. we hope to see you back here tomorrow. for savannah guthrie, our team, i'm brian williams, nbc news. >> live, local, late-breaking. this is 11 news tonight at 11:00 p.m. >> opening night at the democratic national convention. >> fi
convention in charlotte last night first lady michelle obama delivered an impassioned speech designed to both sway wavering voters and light a fighter under the party's base. nbc's tracie potts joins us live from charlotte. she has more on this. good morning to you. >> lynn, good morning to you. a bit of backstory. aides say the ideas she talked about last night were her own, that she knew exactly what she wanted to say in this speech. it was a fiery kick-off to this convention, and there's more to come tonight. democrats bring in their heavyweight tonight, former president bill clinton, the only person more popular in a recent gallup poll, michelle obama. she brought democrats to their feet last night with a rousing speech about decisions based on family values. >> in the end, for barack, these issues aren't political. they're personal because barack knows what it means when a family struggles. >> a message aimed at women. >> he believes that women are more capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care. he didn't care whether it was the easy thing to do politically,
are waiting for the first lady, mall -- michelle obama. she is supposed toew? stick to a more positive message. the president, though, made mention of his wife's speech when he was campaigning earlier today in virginia. take a listen. >> whatever i say here today, it's going to be, at best, a distance second to the speech you'll hear tonight from the star of the obama family, mall ma'am-- michelle obama. >> reporter: these wives are really playing critical roles for their husbands. this is exactly one week after ann romney delivered her speech at the rnc. >> tory dunnan live for us in charlotte. >>> the republicans, as you know, had clint eastwood. now some democrats are calling for betty white. there's a petition to get her. she endpoarsd president obama in-- endorsed president obama in may. >>> coming up at 6:00, these owners are beside themselves. who could have stolen puppies. >> and breast cancer. we will hear from some survivors. those stories and more coming up at six. now here's a preview of what's ahead at 6:30. >>> coming up on world news, charlotte and the democratic national conven
at morgan will have re-inforcements in the form of secret service agents.first lady michelle obama is visiting the campus today... for a fundraising event.it is ánotá open to thh public. today marks one year since the military's repeal of its "don't ask, don't tell" policy.foo nearly 17 years... gay and lesbian soldiers were expected to deny their sexuality or face dismissal as part of the controversial policy. according to new study out of california... the rrpeal has had "no overall negative impact on military readiness." a texas mom is arrested for not properly supervising her kids. kids.her neighbor called he cops... because she thought tammy cooper was letting her kids ride motorized scooters py themselves.cooper was &parrested for chhld endangerment... and spent 18 hours in jaal overnight. cooper says: "so, we we outside. i took my awn chair and put it on the sidewalk wwere i always sit and watch them outside when they're an hour and a half, two hours, got tiredd we came inside, started getting their pajamas the end of our day, and about thirty minutes aftee that, i lo
underway here. the delegates buzzing about first lady michelle obama's speech last night. the energy is gearing up to former president bill clinton's speech tonight. you're right, the big news is the change of venue for president obama's acceptance speech tomorrow night. president obama arrived in the tarheel state a day before. the dnc decided to move the address inside the arena because of a possibility of severe thunderstorms. it was planned to be held outdoors at the bank of america stadium. >> it requires adjustments. 75,000 people were going to be there and 25,000 can be here. and i am sure that they have that figured out and they will do an excellent job with it. >> reporter: last week, bad weather forced republicans to change their convention schedule in florida. rnc cancelled most of the opening day program because of hurricane isaac. meanwhile, first lady michelle obama followed up her primetime speech last night with nighings today. >> find the nearest battleground state and find time there and can you make calls to your home to a battleground state. if can you afford it,
there in the hall. that's 17,000 people. and once again, it is a woman. it is first lady michelle obama tonight, beginning this high-pressure moment with a speech. at the republican national convention, it was the candidates right there, ann romney. >> and the husbands, they challenge, mirror image this week. mitt romney came in according to the latest abc news/"washington post" poll, shows brand new, in the least favorable, 47% favorable, 49% unfavorable. >> and also under water, a surprising undertow among registered women voters. the abc news/"washington post" poll showing a slide among them. >> and, of course, the first lady going to be addressing that tonight in her speech. we're going to be analyzing it all. we've got the white house correspondent jake tapper on the floor along with jon karl and cokie roberts here in the studio, george will and donna brazile. >> jake tapper on the floor. >> well, diane, four years ago, the democratic national convention from four years ago was very different than here. enthusiasm, but nothing like we saw in colorado four years ago. and of those numbers we
to what people are expecting from the first lady michelle obama's speech tonight. >> look, that is part of the reason for the excitement because first of all, have you these people and the configuration as you can see behind me, i'm above the podium which is a really great vantage point. as you can see, people are -- very, few people, very few delegations are actually on the floor. it is a bowl. they are up and around on the sides. that is, i think, making it sound a lot larger, louder, than it actually might be. it is very loud. they are very excited and they are not all here yet. there are a lot of empty seats. typically people are at dinner now but will be here in time for the keynote address. people are excited to hear castro the keynote speaker, but principally this is michelle obama's night. she is already throughout the campaign. they sent sought an e-mail a half hour ago asking people to text and send in $3 donations in advance of her speech. she told ryan seacrest today on his radio show she had not watched ann romney's speech and came here briefly to look at the stage and look
president doesn't change who you are. no, it reveals who you are. >> michelle obama gets personal. the first laidy on her husband' value and vision and really what was the speech of her life. >> a victory rally in canada. a politician rushed from the podium after deadly gunshots rang out. good morning ining to you. welcome to early start. i'm zoraida zam blsambolin in n york. >> i'm john berman live from the democratic national convention. this morning everyone is talking about the misses. he may be the commander in chief. but she is the mom in chief. and it's no longer clear which one of them can best sell a speech. because michelle obama was the highlight of the first night of the democratic convention with a passionate, personal appeal for her husband's re-election. to hear the first lady tell it, president obama is just like the rest of us. tonight, the big speech comes from former president bill clinton. so there is a lot to talk about. joining me now is cnn's dana bash. who's been killing it all week with us here on "early start" in the mornings. thanks for being with us again. what w
. but nothing can dampen the opening night fireworks. first lady michelle obama electrified the delegates, making the case for a second term. >> after so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband in ways i never could have imagined, i have seen first-hand that being president doesn't change who you are. no, it reveals who you are. >> the president and first daughters watched from the white house as michelle obama talked about politics and family. >> at the end of the day, my most important title is still mom in chief. my daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world. >> and the keynoter, san antonio mayor julian castro, with a personal story representing the future of the democratic party. >> my family's story isn't special. what's special is the america that makes our story possible. my mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, i could hold this microphone. >> but the night was also about bare knuckle politics. >> he's a fine fellow and a great salesman, but as governor, he was a lot more interested in having the job th
and his wife, michele obama. >> michele was unbelievable. >> and joe biden. >> john kerry. >> john kerry did well, biden did well, clinton was incredible, michele obama was incredible. but you know, it -- >> it's a high bar to clear for the guy. >> and also, though, if you want to compare it to tampa, i mean, obviously so much -- >> they had to hold everyone back. >> so much better than everybody at tampa. we're not going to even -- but as far as substance goes, i agree. >> beautiful. >> he said nothing, but he said nothing so much better than mitt romney said nothing. >> yeah. >> which i was talking -- >> that's it. >> let's be clear, we were talking about how high the bar was for obama. talk about mitt romney, it's a low bar for mitt romney to clear that bar. he was somewhere in between those things. i thought the first two-thirds of the speech, and many people have said this, it did feel like a state of the union speech. little bit of a laundry list and very -- not just as mark said, not only did he say nothing new, he said nothing bold and he said nothing very specific. you know, one
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